The Boneshakers’ Randy Jacobs: “Playing in the studio is cool, but playing in front of people is the magic... To me, that is everything”

Randy Jacobs
(Image credit: Doug Hardesty)

Guitarist Randy Jacobs found himself at a crossroads about 25 years ago. Since the early ’80s he was a member of the band Was (Not Was), and thanks to his work on projects produced by bandmate Don Was he became an in-demand session player, recording with artists like B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt, Seal and Tears For Fears. 

When Was decided to break up the band in the mid ’90s and focus exclusively on production, Jacobs faced a decision between pursuing session work or starting a new band.

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Chris Gill

Chris is the co-author of Eruption - Conversations with Eddie Van Halen. He is a 40-year music industry veteran who started at Boardwalk Entertainment (Joan Jett, Night Ranger) and Roland US before becoming a guitar journalist in 1991. He has interviewed more than 600 artists, written more than 1,400 product reviews and contributed to Jeff Beck’s Beck 01: Hot Rods and Rock & Roll and Eric Clapton’s Six String Stories.